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Ultralight Pilot Requirements

 (1) Age

An applicant shall be a minimum of sixteen years of age.

(2) Medical Fitness

(amended 2007/12/30; previous version)

  1. (a) An applicant shall hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a Pilot Permit – Ultra-light Aeroplane.
  2. (b) An applicant who meets the medical conditions specified on and signs the Civil Aviation Medical Declaration shall be deemed to have met the Category 4 Medical Standards.
  3. (c) The permit is maintained by a valid Category 1, 3, or 4 Medical Certificate.
    (amended 2007/12/30; previous version)

(3) Knowledge

An applicant shall have:

  1. (a) completed a minimum of 20 hours of ultra-light aeroplane pilot ground school instruction on the following subjects:
    (amended 2005/12/01; previous version)
  1. (i) Air Law, including laws, regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the permit,
  2. (ii) Navigation, including navigation, radio aids and electronic theory,
  3. (iii) Meteorology,
  4. (iv) Aeronautics – General, Knowledge including airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments, flight operations and human factors, including pilot decision making process, and
  5. (v) Emergency procedures, including stall recognition and recovery procedures, and
  • (b) obtained a minimum of 60% on the written examination Pilot Permit – Ultra-light Aeroplane (ULTRA).
    (amended 2005/12/01; previous version)

(4) Experience

Within the 24 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall have acquired in ultra-light aeroplanes under the direction and supervision of the holder of a flight instructor rating – ultra-light aeroplane or aeroplane a minimum of 10 hours of total flight time, including:

  1. (a) a minimum of 5 hours dual instruction flight time and 2 hours solo flight time, and
  2. (b) a minimum of 30 takeoffs and landings, including a minimum of 10 as sole occupant.

(5) Skill

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall submit to the Minister a letter from the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Ultra-light Aeroplane, or the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Aeroplane certifying that the applicant has demonstrated the ability to perform both normal and emergency manoeuvres appropriate to the ultra-light aeroplane used for the training program, and with a degree of competency appropriate to that of the holder of a pilot permit – ultra-light aeroplane.
(amended 1999/03/01; previous version)

(6) Credits

  1. (a) Knowledge
    1. (i) An applicant who holds a pilot permit or licence in any other category of aircraft shall be deemed to have met the written examination requirement.
    2. (ii) An applicant who holds a pilot licence – aeroplane shall be deemed to have met the knowledge requirements.
  2. (b) Experience An applicant who is the holder of, or has held a pilot licence – aeroplane within the preceding 5 years shall have the experience requirements reduced to a minimum of 5 hours of flight time in ultra-light aeroplanes, including a minimum of 2 hours dual instruction flight time and a minimum of 2 hours solo flight time. The flight time shall include a minimum of 20 takeoffs, full circuits and landings, including a minimum of 10 as sole occupant.
  3. (c) Skill An applicant who holds a pilot licence – aeroplane shall be deemed to have met the skill requirements.

(7) Powered Parachutes

  1. (a) When the experience requirements have been met, in whole or in part, on powered parachutes, the permit, when issued, shall be restricted to powered parachutes.
  2. (b) The restriction shall be removed when the experience requirements have been met on ultra-light aeroplanes, other than powered parachutes.
  3. (c) For the issue of an Pilot Permit – Ultra-light Aeroplane restricted to powered parachutes, the 10 hours total flight time shall be reduced to 5 hours and the 5 hours dual instruction flight time shall be deemed to have been met.